Studies have shown that when the vertebrae in the spinal column are misaligned, the neurotransmitters in the brain cannot not function properly, causing a decline in well-being. When this misalignment or subluxation is repaired through chiropractic care, it allows for the correct flow of neurotransmitters, generating a sense of calm. Chiropractic care has been shown to be successful in the treatment of substance abuse, as it can help to restore chemicals in the body and even curb cravings.
Addiction can often lead to painful withdrawal symptoms. As a result, the threat of relapse is exponentially larger. Without alternative treatments such as chiropractic care, the irregularities in the body, and its inability to adapt to changes, can cause individuals to return to drug use. This treatment method provided at WhiteSands Treatment Center helps to adjust the abnormalities in the spine, creating an environment and a mindset conducive to sobriety.
Chiropractic treatment involves the manual stimulation or adjustment of joints, spine and other body tissues. Applying pressure to these areas of the body allows for more mobility. It helps to treat pain in arms, legs, joints, back pain and in some cases, has been helpful in improving headaches.
Having a properly aligned spine directly affects the function of the brain. As the brain develops, it relies on the communication of the nervous system in order to work correctly and produce a sense of health and happiness. Since addiction changes the molecular and chemical structure of the brain, it does not allow for the proper brain function that is required to abstain from drug use. The chemicals released when spinal misalignments are corrected can help improve emotional stability, reduce pain and allow the addicted individual to focus more on their recovery process and become more self-aware and in tune with his or her body.